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Opportunities for Graduate Students

Ohio University offers many professional development opportunities.
Click on the following tabs to explore all options.

For questions, contact the Graduate College by emailing graduate@ohio.edu.

 

Entire 2021 - 2022 Professional Development Calendar (PDF) OR workshops listed by categories below

Ohio University Orientations

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  • The Online GSO module is REQUIRED for all incoming graduate students and is coordinated by the Graduate College in collaboration with their many partners.
  • In-person Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) is coordinated by the Graduate College, is held once a year, and is recommended for all incoming Athens-based graduate students.
  • International Student Orientation occurs before each term for incoming international students and is coordinated by International Faculty and Student Services (ISFS).
  • Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation is recommended for all new Teaching Assistants, is coordinated by the Graduate College, and occurs annually before fall term begins.
  • Program/Department/College Orientation - Please consult with your program/department/college about upcoming orientation activities.

Preparing for a Career in Academia

The Graduate College offers workshops for those graduate students who intend to apply for positions in higher education, particularly faculty positions. Workshops for fall and spring terms are listed below.

Register by emailing millerb3@ohio.edu

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Preparing for a Career in Academia -  Fall Workshops

Basics of Backward Design with Instructional Designer Jody Monk

This workshop explores the backward design process, a process many instructions use to design learning experiences and instructional techniques to achieve specific learning goals. Backward design begins with the outcome(s) of a unit or course - what students are expected to learn and be able to do - then proceeds "backward" to create lessons that achieve those desired outcomes.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

4 PM

Location TBD

Register by emailing millerb3@ohio.edu.


Developing a Philosophy Statement

This workshop will introduce the teaching philosophy statement (TPS) and its importance for graduate students who teach and/or are planning careers in academia after graduation. The discussion will focus on the various uses of a TPS and strategies for composing one.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

6 PM

Location TBD

Register by emailing millerb3@ohio.edu.


Challenging Bias and Microaggressions in the Classroom with Dr. Geneva Murray

This workshop covers what microaggressions are, and various techniques to interrupt/respond to them, but also spends time talking about building an inclusive environment in the classroom before anything happens so that it is easier to intervene.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

4 PM

Location TBD

Register by emailing millerb3@ohio.edu.


Creating/Assembling your Teaching Portfolio

This workshop is an introduction to teaching portfolios including a description of the materials that comprise a portfolio and the steps taken to create an effective and professional teaching portfolio.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

6 PM

Location TBD

Register by emailing millerb3@ohio.edu.


American Association of University Women's (AAUW) Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiations

This salary negotiation workshop presents the wage gap, with a discussion of the gender wage gap and how to combat it by improving one's salary negotiation skills. Salary negotiation is analyzed through budgeting, salary benchmarking, and negotiation tips and tactics.

Registration is free but required. 

Sponsored by Women's Center, the Graduate College, and the CLDC.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

4 PM

Location TBD

Registration instructions coming soon!

Ohio University Campus in the Spring

Preparing for a Career in Academia -  Spring Workshops

Basics of Backward Design with Instructional Designer Jody Monk

This workshop explores the backward design process, a process many instructions use to design learning experiences and instructional techniques to achieve specific learning goals. Backward design begins with the outcome(s) of a unit or course - what students are expected to learn and be able to do - then proceeds "backward" to create lessons that achieve those desired outcomes.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

4 PM

Location TBD

Register by emailing millerb3@ohio.edu.


Developing a Philosophy Statement

This workshop will introduce the teaching philosophy statement (TPS) and its importance for graduate students who teach and/or are planning careers in academia after graduation. The discussion will focus on the various uses of a TPS and strategies for composing one.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

6 PM

Location TBD

Register by emailing millerb3@ohio.edu.


Challenging Bias and Microaggressions in the Classroom with Dr. Geneva Murray

This workshop covers what microaggressions are, and various techniques to interrupt/respond to them, but also spends time talking about building an inclusive environment in the classroom before anything happens so that it is easier to intervene.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

4 PM

Location TBD

Register by emailing millerb3@ohio.edu.


Creating/Assembling your Teaching Portfolio

This workshop is an introduction to teaching portfolios including a description of the materials that comprise a portfolio and the steps taken to create an effective and professional teaching portfolio.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

6 PM

Location TBD

Register by emailing millerb3@ohio.edu.


American Association of University Women's (AAUW) Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiations

This salary negotiation workshop presents the wage gap, with a discussion of the gender wage gap and how to combat it by improving one's salary negotiation skills. Salary negotiation is analyzed through budgeting, salary benchmarking, and negotiation tips and tactics.

Registration is free but required. 

Sponsored by Women's Center, the Graduate College, and the CLDC.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

4 PM

Location TBD

Registration instructions coming soon!

Workshops & Resources to assist Teaching Assistants (TAs)

Teaching Assistants (TAs) have many responsibilities. Explore the following workshops and resources that may assist you with this important role at OHIO University.

Fall Workshops

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Topic

Date/Time Location

Grading and Assessment

This session is designed to introduce and discuss various techniques for addressing students' comprehension and resultant work. Various techniques will be explored.

To register, email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

6:00 PM

Location - TBD

Student Engagement/Active Learning

Learn how people learn. This workshop will help graduate students better understand how their students learn and offer strategies for improving the classroom experience.

To register, email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

6:00 PM


Location - TBD

Basics of Backward Design with Instructional Designer Jody Monk

This workshop explores the backward design process, a process many instructions use to design learning experiences and instructional techniques to achieve specific learning goals. Backward design begins with the outcome(s) of a unit or course - what students are expected to learn and be able to do - then proceeds "backward" to create lessons that achieve those desired outcomes.

To register, email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Thursday, September 23, 2021 

4 PM

Location - TBD

Challenging Bias and Microaggressions in the Classroom with Dr. Geneva Murray

This workshop covers what microaggressions are, and various techniques to interrupt/respond to them, but also spends time talking about building an inclusive environment in the classroom before anything happens so that it is easier to intervene.

To register, email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

4 PM

Location - TBD

American Association of University Women's (AAUW) Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiations

This salary negotiation workshop presents the wage gap, with a discussion of the gender wage gap and how to combat it by improving one's salary negotiation skills. Salary negotiation is analyzed through budgeting, salary benchmarking, and negotiation tips and tactics.

Registration is free but required. 

Sponsored by Women's Center, the Graduate College, and the CLDC.

Registration instructions coming soon!

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

4 PM

Location - TBD


Spring Workshops

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Topic

Date/Time Location

Grading and Assessment

This session is designed to introduce and discuss various techniques for addressing students' comprehension and resultant work. Various techniques will be explored.

To register, email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Thursday,
January 27, 2022

6:00 PM

Location - TBD

Student Engagement/Active Learning

Learn how people learn. This workshop will help graduate students better understand how their students learn and offer strategies for improving the classroom experience.

To register, email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

6:00 PM


Location - TBD

Basics of Backward Design with Instructional Designer Jody Monk

This workshop explores the backward design process, a process many instructions use to design learning experiences and instructional techniques to achieve specific learning goals. Backward design begins with the outcome(s) of a unit or course - what students are expected to learn and be able to do - then proceeds "backward" to create lessons that achieve those desired outcomes.

To register, email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Thursday, February 10, 2022 

4 PM

Location - TBD

Challenging Bias and Microaggressions in the Classroom with Dr. Geneva Murray

This workshop covers what microaggressions are, and various techniques to interrupt/respond to them, but also spends time talking about building an inclusive environment in the classroom before anything happens so that it is easier to intervene.

To register, email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

4 PM

Location - TBD

American Association of University Women's (AAUW) Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiations

This salary negotiation workshop presents the wage gap, with a discussion of the gender wage gap and how to combat it by improving one's salary negotiation skills. Salary negotiation is analyzed through budgeting, salary benchmarking, and negotiation tips and tactics.

Registration is free but required. 

Sponsored by Women's Center, the Graduate College, and the CLDC.

Registration instructions coming soon!

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

4 PM

Location - TBD


College Gateway

Anytime Workshops

Topic

Date/Time Location

How Learning Works

Before discussing effective methodologies in teaching, it is important to consider how we learn. Here we present two self-paced workshops:

  • introduce seven research-based principles for effective teaching and
  • allow an opportunity to apply this knowledge and consider a number of classroom strategies that could be employed to encourage effective student learning.
Self-paced

Available on the following Center for Teaching and Learning web page (near bottom of the page)

General Teaching Assistant Resources

Are you a Teaching Assistant? Here are additional resources to assist you in this role. 

Assisting Disruptive or Distressed Students 
(Download Guide as a PDF)
Graduate Appointments, Employment, and Benefits
Assisting Students Challenged by Basic Needs
(Download Guide as a PDF)
Professional Development Resources for TAs
Assisting Students Who Report Sexual Misconduct
(Download Guide as a PDF)
Syllabus Recommendations
Assisting Students Who Report Suicidality 
(Download Guide as a PDF)
TA Handbook (2019 PDF)

Resources for Teaching Online

Workshops and discussions for those completing a thesis or dissertation

Many graduate students are required to complete a thesis or dissertation. The following workshops and discussions are intended to assist you with the process and challenges you may encounter along the way. Explore the many options offered.

Thesis and Dissertation Services (TAD)
Fall Workshops

Thesis and Dissertation Services offers the following workshops to assist students in preparing and filing theses and dissertations.

Topic

Date

Time

Completing the TAD Process
  • September 7 
    OR
  • September 8

3:30 – 4:30 pm

via Teams

Graduation

  • September 14
    OR
  • September 15

3:30 – 4:30 pm

via Teams

Microsoft Word

  • September 20
    OR
  • September 21

3 – 4:30 pm

via Teams

Tables/Figures

  • September 29
    OR
  • September 30

3:30– 4:30 PM

via Teams

To register, email tad@ohio.edu. 

For more information, see the Thesis and Dissertation Services Workshops web page.

Thesis and Dissertation Services (TAD)
Spring Workshops

Thesis and Dissertation Services offers the following workshops to assist students in preparing and filing theses and dissertations.

Topic

Date

Time

Completing the TAD Process
  • January 24
    OR
  • January 25

3:30 – 4:30 pm

via Teams

Graduation

  • February 1
    OR
  • February 2

3:30 – 4:30 pm

via Teams

Microsoft Word

  • February 7
    OR
  • February 8

3 – 4:30 pm

via Teams

Tables/Figures

  • February 16
    OR
  • February 17

3:30– 4:30 PM

via Teams

To register, email tad@ohio.edu. 

For more information, see the Thesis and Dissertation Services Workshops web page.

Fall Lunch and Learn Sessions 

Getting and Staying Motivated
with Dr. Becky Bushey-Miller

Description – Strategies to stay motivated when working on your thesis/dissertation. Join other graduate students in a discussion about how to maintain your motivation during research. 

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021

Time: Noon

Location: TBD


Strategies for Overcoming Challenges in Completing your Thesis/Dissertation
with Dr. Cynthia Tindongan

Description – Challenges/Pitfalls facing graduate students in the thesis/dissertation completion process. Join other graduate students in a discussion centered around the challenges to completing your thesis or dissertation research.

Date: November 19, 2021

Time: Noon

Location: TBD

Spring Lunch and Learn Sessions

Getting and Staying Motivated
with Dr. Becky Bushey-Miller

Description – Strategies to stay motivated when working on your thesis/dissertation. Join other graduate students in a discussion about how to maintain your motivation during research. 

Date: Friday, March 4, 2022

Time: Noon

Location: TBD


Strategies for Overcoming Challenges in Completing your Thesis/Dissertation
with Dr. Cynthia Tindongan

Description – Challenges/Pitfalls facing graduate students in the thesis/dissertation completion process. Join other graduate students in a discussion centered around the challenges to completing your thesis or dissertation research.

Date: April 1, 2022

Time: Noon

Location: TBD

Cutler Hall, the President's office

Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students
(Online Training)

This online training is offered through a partnership between the Graduate College and the Campus Involvement Center. Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students includes Title IX and Clery Act training which equips graduate students with the tools needed to navigate new and complex relationships including how to identify and respond to harassment from a faculty member or advisor, other workplace-based harassment, how to respectfully engage with undergraduate students, and how to respond to student disclosures.


Target Audience: All graduate and professional students


Structure: This training is offered in a two-part format. Part one takes approximately 45 minutes. Part two includes a survey and requires 5-10 minutes (ideally after a 30-day intersession).


Requirements for training completion: You will need a computer with access to the internet and audio capabilities. You will use your entire OHIO ID (e.g., ab000000@ohio.edu).  and password to create your account.

Access the online training

Policy and Resources